A SCHOOL pupil scooted off with the first prize in a competition to tackle air quality problems.

The Vale of White Horse District Council ran the competition earlier this term and challenged school children to create superheroes to combat air pollution.

Harry, aged 11, in year six at St Edmunds Catholic Primary School in Abingdon, won a new scooter and matching helmet for his winning superhero creation, Swift.

Harry said Swift “can fly high and get litter in the sky and can blow away air pollution with his turbo shoes. His superhero’s powers help to fight against air pollution and also prevent animals from choking on litter.”

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Last week he received his prize from councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse cabinet member for Climate Emergency and the Environment.

She said: “Air quality is not only an important health issue to us individually, but it is also essential

to our environment. The competition showed many children taking an interest and thinking creatively of ways we can improve our environment.

“When speaking to some of the children at the school, it was clear they knew about air pollution and understood the changes that could be made to improve our air quality, like not wasting fuel and putting unnecessary pollution in our air by turning off car engines if vehicles are stopped for a minute or more. It was good to see this message getting through, especially as the Vale has been conducting an anti-idling campaign for some time now.”

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